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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

"...70 percent of fossil fuel reserves are owned by foreign governments..."

One of the big myths is the belief that energy "free markets" are efficient and will drive solutions for our energy future. If oil and coal were truly bad, the "free market" would change all that and move to better fuels.

The problem is that energy is NOT a free market, which this article rightly points out. The fact that governments, such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq, largely control oil along with a few massive corporations (such as Exxon) makes it very difficult for "new competition" to challenge entrenched oil. Our electric and natural gas utility companies are monopolies, so we consumers have no choice but to buy the polluting energy they supply.

Consequently, the ONLY mechanism we as a society have to change that equation is government policy -- but alas, people distrust government intervention, so we're stuck with the status quo.

McKibben's campaign may be imperfect, but it is one of the few ways to disrupt the status quo.

Wind, solar, and geothermal are not only clean, but PRICE STABLE. Perhaps if people truly wanted clean, price stable energy, we'd allow government to step in.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Excellent comment, Baron. Thanks.

KDave
Moab, UT

Fracking and the resulting abundance of natural gas has done more to reduce the World carbon footprint than everything else combined.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

What wonderful timing for this op-ed being published only hours after McKibben spoke at the U last night! Wow. Why do my antennae go up when this sort of thing happens? The piece is written by Capital Allies Six Degrees Project. Remarkably little is on the web about this firm and the author (other than his bio). What is there is that its mailing address is Washington, DC and as such we can reasonably conclude that he is a paid lobbyist for a "non partisan non profit" supported by contributions. I only wish the article had been published yesterday so that the concerns he raises could have been discussed during the question and answer period that followed the lecture.

chilly
Salt Lake City, UT

Baron: "McKibben's campaign may be imperfect, but it is one of the few ways to disrupt the status quo."

Mao's "great leap forward" disrupted the status quo in China and tens of millions of Chinese died. Taking away relatively cheap energy will have a similar result.

Lowonoil
Clearfield, UT

Just because our modern way of living, moving around, and gathering and using energy is relentlessly and possibly irreversably degrading our bioshpere's ability to support humanity and all the other life on our planet, that's no reason for some old hippie to come tell us not to live the way we feel like. Or is it?

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